Kane Williamson-led Sunrisers Hyderabad did not have a great start to IPL 2022. The team had to face a crushing defeat in the first two matches. However, the team did not give up at that time and registered 5 consecutive victories in the next 5 matches. After this strong comeback, the team is troubled by the injuries of the players and as a result, the team has to face defeat in the last two matches.
Washington Sundar had to be out for two weeks after suffering an injury against Gujarat Titans on April 11. Sundar made a comeback on the field against Gujarat Titans but in the last match against CSK, the player got injured in the same place where he had earlier.
Hyderabad coach Tom Moody said about Sundar’s injury, “It is unfortunate that he has suffered an injury in the same arm that was there earlier. The injury was completely healed earlier but that limb has been injured again.” He doesn’t need stitches though. But unfortunately he was not in a position to bowl. It really affected our bowling as he is our important bowler.”
At the same time, fast bowler T Natarajan was also troubled by the swallow injury against Chennai Super Kings. Natarajan walked out of the field after bowling the first over against CSK and then came to the field to bowl in the death over. Although there is no official update on his injury yet, it is believed that Hyderabad can give him rest, considering his workload.
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s road to the playoffs has become tough after two key players have been injured. The team is at 5th position in the points table after winning 5 out of 9 matches. If SRH are to make it to the playoffs easily, then they will have to win at least three matches in the next five matches. The exclusion of Sundar and Natarajan will ruin Hyderabad’s playing XI combination, so it remains to be seen how Williamson copes with the challenge.